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Album Review

At least two different bands that emerged in the 2000s have had the word "architects" in their name. One is the Architects (formerly the Gadjits), a Kansas City, MO-based outfit that started out playing ska but evolved into a mixture of hard rock, punk, and rock & roll. The other is Architects, who don't use the word "the" in their name (simply Architects, not the Architects) and are a metalcore combo from Brighton, England. Metalcore is the focus of Hollow Crown, which finds them continuing to favor the angular approach that they favored on their previous release Ruin. Architects haven't softened their attack since Ruin; they are as ferocious as ever, and vicious, head-clobbering brutality prevails on scorching tunes such as "We're All Alone," "Dead March," "Numbers Count for Nothing," and "Early Grave." Ruin had a take-no-prisoners policy, and the same goes for Hollow Crown. Although math metal and math rock are influences, Hollow Crown isn't ultra-technical — angular, yes, but not ultra-technical — and even though this early 2009 release has its melodic moments and includes some clean vocals along with lead singer Sam Carter's tortured screaming, it doesn't fall into the screamo/post-hardcore category. Those who found Ruin to be decent but not exceptional will probably feel the same way about Hollow Crown, which isn't a huge step forward for the British band but is still a worthwhile example of angular metalcore.

Customer Reviews


kerrang! described this album as the future of metal and they were definetly right! finally theres a band that stands out and dosent sound like everyone else. Early Greave and a few of the other songs are tuned to a G and whenever sam carter sings, three orphans are saved i reccomend this album to anyone that likes metal!

nothing hollow

Nothing hollow about hollow crown, that's for sure. The contrast of brutal and melodic riffs, tortured screams and powerful clean vocals make it Architects' most emotionally invigorated album to date. If this is any indication of where the band is going from here, the Brighton boys may just find themselves at the vanguard of metal


This album is pretty silimilar to thier first album with Sam Carter (Ruin). And it is pretty much amazing and It is one of the best metalcore albums that i have heard in a really long time!


Formed: Kansas City, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

When the Kansas City, MO-based ska revival band the Gadjits shifted to loud rock & roll that Soul Asylum and Bad Religion would envy, they changed their name to the Architects and added guitarist Mike Alexander to the lineup. With Alexander on board, the three Phillips brothers — vocalist/guitarist Brandon, bassist Zach, and drummer Adam — released Keys to the Building on the Anodyne label in 2004. After supporting the record by touring, the band...
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